Whanganui District Holdings

​​​​​​​​​​​Whanganui District Council Holdings Limited (WDCHL) has been operating since 2002 as a Council Controlled Organisation (CCO), fully owned by the Whanganui District Council. 

Our r​​ole

The role of WDCHL is to manage and oversee the Council's commercial assets. We also advise the Council on new investment opportunities and the strategic management of assets.

WDCHL brings business experience, industrial expertise and an independent focus to the governance of the Council's commercial operations. We make sure that the assets we oversee are well-managed and provide the best possible financial and strategic returns to the Council. Financial proceeds from the assets are then directed by the Council into areas and activities that benefit the whole of the Whanganui community and our district.

WDHCL is accountable to the Council through an annual Statement of Intent, regular reporting to Council meetings and the publication of annual reports and financial statements.

This diagram summarises the current structure for Holdings

Diagram showing Whanganui District Council Holdings structure 

Our board

Matthew Doyle (Chair)

Whanganui District Council Holdings Chair Matthew DoyleMatthew first joined the WDCHL Board in June 2005. In his day job, Matthew is the Principal of the Whanganui branch of accountancy practice Doyle and Associates.

Areas of responsibility: Airport, Gas, Port, Commercial Pilot Academy​​​

Annette Main

Whanganui District Council Holdings Board Member Mayor Annette MainAnnette Main was the Mayor of the Whanganui District from 2010 to 2016. Before that, she represented Whanganui for 12 years on the Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council, chairing the Environment Committee for nine years and as deputy chair for three years. Annette is currently on the Whanganui District Health Board.

Passionate about the survival of New Zealand's smaller regions, she is strongly focussed on 'economic gardening', where emphasis is on growing the reputation of Whanganui as a place to live based on the existing attributes and enhancement of existing business activity.

Areas of responsibility: Port, Property​​​

Cr Rob Vinsen

Whanganui District Council Holdings Board Member Cr Rob VinsenRob Vinsen is a Whanganui District Councillor and was appointed to the WDCHL Board in October 2010.

As well as being on Holdings, Cr Vinsen is the Waste Management and Minimisation and Whanganui Port portfolio holder.

His Council appointments include the Tenders Board, Whanganui Resource Recovery Centre Trust and the Waste Minimisation Working Party (Chair).

Areas of responsibility: Airport, Gas, Port, Commercial Pilot Academy​​​

Peter Hazledine

Whanganui District Council Holdings Board Member Peter HazledinePeter Hazledine was appointed to the WDCHL Board in March 2014.

Area of responsibility: Gas ​



Ken Mair

Ken Mair was appointed on 5 December 2016.
Areas of responsibility: Port


Page reviewed: 08 Nov 2017 4:36pm